Sections of the Balance Sheet

A description of the different classifications in the balance sheet are described. Understand what current assets and liabilities are and the associated long term sections of fixed assets and long term debt. Gain an understanding of the equity section of the balance sheet. This site has multiple articles written with the small business entrepreneur in mind.

What is Accrual Accounting?

Accrual Accounting

Accrual accounting is the preferred method of accounting for all business operations. Any publicly traded company must comply with the principles of accrual accounting. Small business operations can choose between cash and accrual accounting for their records. Although cash accounting is the easiest to work with as a small business operation, accrual accounting will provide a more accurate picture of the financial status and affairs of any business operation.

Completed Contract Method of Accounting in the Construction Industry

Completed Contract Method

The completed contract method of accounting recognizes revenue and the associated costs once the project is complete. This is one of the two popular accounting methods used in the construction industry. For residential contractors, the completed contract method may have a slight tax advantage by deferring revenue recognition but is generally not considered the best method of accounting in the construction industry. 

Small Business Model Series Entry #4 – Basic Research

I spent a lot of time on the internet researching the industry as a whole. There are about 220,000 machines in the US that are owned by non-banking companies and individuals. My first thought is that this is about 1 machine per 1,000 individuals (there’s about 220 million adults in the US/220 thousand machines and you get 1,000 adults per machine).

The Definition of Fixed Assets

Any tangible item not consumed within one accounting cycle (typically a year) and providing long term utility is referred to as a Fixed Asset. Traditional images include manufacturing equipment, tools, transportation vehicles, buildings and utility related systems (sewage systems, power grids, power plants and dams). In accounting, these assets are recorded to the balance sheet as ‘Fixed Assets’. 

Cash Counts

Cash Counts

Just like employees, cash has its problems too. Sometimes it calls in sick. Other times, it shows up late (actually quite often), and for some reason cash isn’t as productive, it doesn’t do as much work as you would like it to do.

Accounting Principles

Accounting Principles

Simply stated, accounting is the measurement of economic activity. Its primary principle is to report information to the user so that (s)he can make informed decisions. The primary reporting format is in the form of dollars. There are two important reports used by pretty much 99% of all business operations to determine the status of the business operation. These are the income statement and the balance sheet.

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